National Nurses Week. Hmmm. That is coming soon, isn’t it? I think the 6th of May will kick it off and it continues until the 12th. Wow!! Big celebrations coming, right? Wrong!
My past experience with this phenomenon leads me to be quite skeptical of the whole ordeal. What usually happens is the “suits” of the hospital administration come to the units to “serve” the nurses some ice cream, lunch, snack, etc. You can fill in the item based on your own experiences. However, this usually only occurs on the day shift because we don’t really expect the administration to work our crazy hours do we?
The next thing that happens is every nurse in the facility will be given a special Nurses Week gift. In the past, I have received plastic mugs, canvas bags, book bags, flowers, pens and badge holders, magnets, towels with the hospital logos, t-shirts, and once I even received a very special gift, a camping fold-up chair. Really, you can never have enough of this stuff, right?
After all the above, do I feel valued and special because I am a nurse and do my job to the best of my abilities? No. Anyone who believes that I should needs to have a reality check done. None of those things had anything to do with my profession or my place in the facility. All of those “gifts” were generic things purchased in bulk to be handed out to every nurse during this week.
I do commend the administration for making the effort, but the result is too little, too late. Nurses want to be able to nurse properly without being harrassed and harried. Nurses want to have some type of voice in patient care and nursing care in their facilities.
So, because this week is fast approaching, I am including this article below. Enjoy.
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